Rankin Ridge Interpretive Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East Custer, SD that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from May until November.
Gorgeous views 360 degrees!
Great Hike for the family. The trailhead is easy to find and takes you about halfway up the ridge. I strongly suggest taking the trail up to the top and not the service road. Though it was hazy when we went, we could still see Buffalo Gap. On a clear day you could see the Badlands. All in all a great hike of about a mile.
The elevation gain was about 300'.
This is not a long hike or strenuous hike, but the views and the wild life to be seen along the way makes it one of our favorites. We have hiked this trail twice and have always had the entire trail to ourselves. The down side of hiking the loop is that the second side is on a road which leads to the tower on the top, but the views are still good.